Primus No:51SP from 1936 (Nickel)

Discussion in 'Primus No:51' started by mbechtel, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. mbechtel

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    This stove has a heavy nickel plated brass fount. The legs are nickel plated steel. The riser and spirit cup are also nickel plated. I suspect the burner may have been also as I can see a trace here and there, but I'm not really certain. For a budget model, this stove is a very high quality piece. The only thing I see that's budget oriented is the smaller pump. It's a very solid, well built stove that burns beautifully! The case it comes in holds everything nicely without fighting the pieces to get them to fit.


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    Nice! I like these 'Sport' outfits.

    Was the 51 a budget model?
     
  3. mbechtel

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    Hi Ross,
    Thanks! I REALLY like this stove.
    I remember George saying the 51 and 54 were "budget" models. He may have coined the term, I'm not really sure.....George?
     
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    The 51 was supposedly a budget model for the 'skimpy' features and lack of accesories and such, but perhaps this was after after the war?

    In the 30's these Sport versions were top of the bill in relation to the more common coloured tin or the standard carton box. Indeed a rather odd combination, if the 'economy' moniker holds true, as almost invariably the stoves were also plated like this one, another hike in price.
    The clasp on the heavy duty tin, without the model No. embossed, suggests a late 30's stove inside, and so the tin could be universally used for a 54, 100 and 221 model as well.
    Great find, complete with tray and all, plus the big windshield that appears to be rather thin on the ground!
    Regards, Mike
     
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    I think we lost a few posts from this afternoon in a database glitch.

    My earlier reply has gone.

    These were at the cheaper end of the range & had a smaller, cheaper burner than the 2 pint fixed leggers. They also had their own cheaper alternatives in the steel tanked 50 & 53.

    The Sports were 'deluxe' outfits & in the case yours came with the storage cap & windshield as standard rather than optional as with the plain 51.

    Add another 10% on the price for the chrome plating.
     
  6. mbechtel

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    Hi Ross and Mike, I compared this stove to many of the others I've got. It "feels" just as heavy and well made as the rest, like the Op.45,48, Radius17, Svea106, etc. The nickel Primus 54 I've got is another story. It is noticeably lighter, the lettering not as deeply pressed, etc. There are only two "budget" minded features on this stove that I can find. The smaller pump and the steel legs. The quality overall is first rate! The windshield is a little thicker than the smaller brass windshields you would find on a Pr. 210, but it's painted steel instead of brass.
     
  7. idahostoveguy

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    That is definitely a very nice stove Matt. I love the nickel versions of stoves and lanterns, especially stoves. It also works great too!

    Pretty stove for a budget stove. :thumbup:

    Thanks

    sam